FOUR TOPS SINGER DIES

Renaldo ‘Obie’ Benson passes away, aged 69…

THE FOUR TOPS’ RENALDO ‘OBIE’ BENSON has died, aged 69.

The singer passed away on Friday (July 1) in a Detroit hospital from lung cancer.

He was diagnosed with the disease after having a leg amputated due to circulation problems.

The only surviving original members of the band are Levi Stubbs and Abel ‘Duke’ Kakir. Lawrence Payton died in 1997.

According to BBC News, Fakir said that Benson had “enjoyed every moment of his life”.

He added: “He put a smile on everyone’s face, including my own.”

The Four Tops have sold 50 million records with hits including ’Reach Out (I’ll Be There)’ and ’I Can’t Help Myself’.

The band started signing together in the 1950s as the Four Aims and signed with Motown Records in 1963.

Benson was active with the group into his 60s, spending more than a third of each year performing on the road.